15/10/2017

Seven-way title showdown in store at Brands Hatch after Marzorati wins Pembrey race two

Max Marzorati held off a determined Jack Young for his third Renault UK Clio Cup Junior win in today’s second race at Pembrey and both are among seven drivers who, incredibly, will now go to the season finale at Brands Hatch with a chance of the title.
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Marzorati, starting second on the grid alongside team-mate Lorcan Hanafin, grabbed the lead on the run to the first corner as MRM’s Young tucked in behind in second place.

Hanafin meanwhile suffered a tough first lap, spinning down to fifth through the long looping left hander behind the paddock. At the same corner on the next lap however thing got even worse for him as he ran off the road and crashed into the tyre barrier.

Hanafin was OK but his stricken car meant a safety car intervention for several laps while it was recovered.

At the re-start, Young was immediately on the attack and momentarily – as they turned into Brooklands Hairpin – he took the lead, only for Marzorati to re-pass him on the exit.

There would be several more bids for the lead by Young but to no avail as Marzorati clung on to win by three tenths of a second. Young, the winner of the morning’s earlier race, set the fastest lap for two bonus points…

Shadowing both Marzorati and Young to the line was JamSport’s Ethan Hammerton who took his second third-place result of the day. Team-mate Louis Doyle crossed the line in fourth but a time penalty later handed to him by officials dropped him to fifth behind Pyro's Harry Gooding in the result. WDE Motorsport’s Connor Grady completed the top six...

Seventh and eighth were JamSport’s Gus Burton and TJ Rodriguez – the race limited to just ten laps due to earlier delays in the event timetable.

Marzorati commented: “I’m delighted – three wins from six races and finally we’ve got rid of this run of bad results in race two on a weekend. It was very hard work though – Jack put me under massive pressure but it was also great fun. I know I’ve had to work extra hard for this one.”

Young said: “I did have the lead briefly but put my wheels over the kerb on the inside and that unsettled the car on the exit which allowed Max to get back alongside me and re-take the lead. I’m sure if I’d made it stick we had the pace to go on and win that one as well…”

Hammerton added: “I had a bit of a ringside seat of the Max-Jack scrap in front of me but didn’t quite have the pace in the car to get right in with them. But it’s more good points on the board and it keeps us right in the hunt.”

In fact, all added up, an incredible seven drivers can still be crowned Champion in next month's season finale at Brands Hatch.

Young leaves Pembrey the new championship leader ahead of Marzorati, Burton and Hammerton on outright scores. However when the two-dropped-scores rule is taken into account – ie each driver’s two worst scores are deducted – it is Marzorati who takes over at the top from Young, Hammerton and Burton.

Grady, Doyle and Gooding are also still in with a chance, although they will realistically need the top four to all suffer an off weekend at the Kent circuit…

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